The 7 Chrome Extensions I Couldn’t Browse Without
I use Google Chrome as my Web browser in part because of its awesome library of extensions. These are applications and utilities, often made by developers who don’t work at Google, that you can add on top of the browser to make it better and do more for you.
Think of it like tricking out a standard automobile, or adding modern appliances to a humdrum apartment. That shiny new dishwasher is way better than cleaning your dishes by hand, isn’t it?
Without stretching a metaphor to its breaking point, here are the Chrome extensions I use daily, and that I can’t imagine surfing the Internet without. All are free, and clicking their names will take you to a page where you can install them on your own Chrome browser.
(Oh, and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer: Try a simple search for these extensions, or similar ones! Many of the ones I’m listing are available for your browser, too.)
Have you ever filled out an enormous form on a website, or written an epic comment, only to have the site crash before you can post it? Oh, no! You lost all your work, and now you have to start over again!
Not with Lazarus running. The extension autosaves everything you enter into any text box on the Internet, so that if you accidentally close the window, or the site crashes, you can simply go back to the site and reload the text with a click. Lazarus is one of the major reasons my hair is not completely gray. My hair thanks you, Lazarus, and I thank you, too.
Because of the ongoing war between Twitter and Facebook, photos from Instagram (a Facebook property) do not appear in your feed when browsing through Twitter.com. If one of your friends tweets out an Instagram photo, you have to click the link and go to another website to view it. Annoying, time-consuming, and messy.